International Conference of Rectors, Isparta, Turkey, October 11, 2010

Dear Mr. Rector,
Dear Mr. Suleyman Demirel,
Dear Colleagues,
Distinguished guests!

I have a noble mission today to extend warm greetings in the name of the Senate of Free International University of Moldova.
Firstly, I would like to thank you, Mr. Rector- Dr. Metin Lüfti Bazdar for your invitation to visit your university which you administer honorably and for the possibility to sign the agreement of collaboration with Suleyman Demirel University.
Secondly, I am pleased to mention that this is a great honor for our university to extend its relations of collaboration with one of the most important institutions of higher education in Turkey, Suleyman Demirel University, thus contributing to the strengthening of interuniversity relations and higher education systems from the Republic of Moldova and Turkey.
Thirdly, by establishing academic relations with your university, as a scientist, university professor and specialist in historic field, I appreciate this opportunity as a continuation of long lasting relations and traditions that our people had over three centuries of existence and neighborhood in the region.
In spite of the fact, that our people coexisted having different juridical status, they influenced each other and left deep roots on our past common history.
Consulting a vast collection of historical documents and being familiar with the modern realities from Arabian world, Middle East countries, Southeastern Europe countries, gave me the possibility to realize the place and role of our people and countries in the past and European present.   Despite of the fact, that we represent states and people having different confessions, cultures and languages, anyway, we have a lot in common in from linguistical, cultural and ethnical point of view. The well-known scientist  and political figure from the Republic of Moldova, Dmitrie Cantemir was the first person that wrote in a scientific way about the history of Ottoman Empire. Being Moldavian by origin but having oriental elements in his genetics, he demonstrated as well  at the beginning of the XVII- th century the Turkish impact on our language, culture and vestimentary habits. In this context, I would like to mention that Moldavians were influenced not only by the Medieval Turkey, but they had a beneficial impact on Medieval Turkey too. This fact can be noticed significantly and is recorded in many scientific studies and researches.  Thus, most of the Moldavian children exacted as tribute to sultan’s court as Janissaries (Yeni Cheri), later became public officials and influenced considerably the organization and evolution of state structures from Medieval Turkey.
It is obviously, that it is impossible to forge contemporary history and to envision the future without a secular heritage. In this context, establishing relations between Suliman Demirel University represents an upward evolution in the ULIMs system of international relations at the European and world level.
I would like to mention that ULIM’s  prestige on the international arena gave the possibility to sign more than 70 partnership agreements with universities and other scientific institutions throughout the world, as well as the foundation of our branch in Sudan and centers of selection and consulting in Romania. Thanks to this, I had the opportunity to analyze and compare various educational systems and at the same time, to realize the specific of university concept that exists in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Oceania, Australia and others.  I learned about the incommensurable wealth of each of these systems and I consider that we should unify our efforts to strengthen these systems in the light of the globalization process.
As a result of various studies that I examined, I got impressed by the European peculiarities of higher education from Turkey, that preserves some deep traditions of oriental higher education institutions.  I am sure that by extending the existing academic relations with your institution it will further foster beneficially the modern contents of our relations and strengthen our mutual contribution to the implementation of Bologna Process principles and unique  European higher education system.

Today, these relations are developing through ascending levels. We are destined together to contribute mutually to the promotion of European ideals. We have a lot of examples of reciprocal support of our people at the European level. I would like to mention an example: our colleague, prime vice rector ULIM, Mrs. Ana Guţu that is at the same time and  the Head of Moldova’s Parliamentary Delegation to PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe) welcomed and supported integrally by direct vote the Turkish delegate Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu as PACE president.
ULIM,  together with others universities from the Republic of Moldova, such as ASEM (Academy of Economic Sciences) and UTM (Technical University of Moldova) we have made considerable efforts to promote the Moldovan higher education system in the European region as well as adherence to the Bologna treaty. In that context we have  supported the implementation of several regional forums under leadership of European organizations. Being devoted to the European cause, in spring 2011we plan to organize together with the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Education from Moldova  an international conference on the Bologna process.

As co-organizers will participate ASEM (Academy of Economic Sciences of Moldova) and UTM (Technical University of Moldova). We would be honored if you could delight us with the presence and participation of Suleiman Demirel University at that international forum, which will discuss the specifics of higher education in the region, through the prism of the Bologna process.
There are also many other projects upon which we have to concentrate our joint efforts to achieve European objectives.
In conclusion, I would like to express once again my sincere gratitude to the Rectorate of Suleyman Demirel University for the possibility to participate in this international Rectors’ conference. I am convinced that the beginning of our relations represents a good omen for a long and mutually beneficial cooperation.

Thank you for attention!